The Santons of Provence: A History

In Provence the holiday season belongs to the colorful world of santons—santous or santoùos in Provençal, “little saints” to the rest of us. A wrinkle, the shining dot of an eye, a graceful pose,...
Le Barbe à Papa, Paris

Parisian Walkways: Rue Condorcet in South Pigalle

South Pigalle is the new go-to neighbourhood of Paris. Endearingly dubbed ‘SoPi’ by the foreign press (though the name has never really caught on with the locals), the area has seen slews of new boutiques, bars and restaurants set up...
An Erté 'costume collectif'

From Fashion to Movies: Erté & the History of Art Deco in Paris

The world’s first Art Déco building was the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées built in Paris prior to the First World War. Between the two wars, the style was popularized by designers and artists who used...
The Rue de l’Abreuvoir in Montmartre

Parisian Walkways: Forgotten Montmartre

Once the haunt of supremely influential artists, Montmartre somehow manages to retain its Belle Époque allure.  On a sunny Sunday afternoon in 1876, Pierre-Auguste Renoir set up his easel at an open-air café on the top of the Butte...
Toile de Jouy

Made in France: La Toile de Jouy

The name toile de Jouy, now commonly used generically, stems from the village of Jouy-en-Josas, just south of Versailles, where the fabric was manufactured and where the Toile de Jouy Museum now perpetuates the story. The fabric has come...
Shoppers in the Galerie Véro-Dodat

Parisian Walkways: Galerie Véro-Dodat, An Historic Covered Passage

The passage couvert, these glass-roofed shopping arcades which flourished in early 19th-century Paris, owed their success in part to a promise inherent in their architecture – the capacity to transport their visitors to another place. In the 1800s, a passage...
Monet’s Clos Normand in Giverny

Claude Monet & Gustave Caillebotte: Painters, Gardeners and Best of Friends

“If he had lived instead of dying prematurely, he would have enjoyed the same upturn in fortunes as we did, for he was full of talent. He was as gifted as he was conscientious and when we lost...
Lascaux 4

Inside Lascaux 4: A Full-Size Replica of the Famous Cave

In September 1940, four French teenagers made a unique discovery in the gently rolling countryside bordering the Vézère: a subterranean cave lavishly decorated with paintings 20,000 years old. Even in wartime, word soon spread. Listed as a Historic Monument...
Hotel Providence, Paris

The New Boutique Hotels of Paris

Previously monopolised by grand luxury hotels, overpriced chintzy boutique lodgings and standardised, clinical-looking affairs, Paris’s musty hotel scene desperately needed sprucing up. Enter the new generation of young, well-heeled and well-travelled hoteliers with plenty of vision and impeccable taste. Focused on...
Poster of Nuit Blanche Paris 2016 by Fabrice Hyber

Paris Pours its Heart into Nuit Blanche Art Festival

Fall in love with Paris all over again on a ‘sleepless night’ of contemporary art. Every year in the fall, Paris offers an incredible event from dusk till dawn, prompting visitors and Parisians to engage with the...